Wisconsin Interpreting and Transliterating Assessment (WITA)

Updates Regarding WITA Permanent Status

As of June 30, 2019, the Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing is no longer offering WITA permanent status. Individuals who were eligible for the WITA permanent status were not automatically granted this extension. They were required to fill out and submit the WITA Permanent Status Request form to the Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing by June 30, 2019.

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The WITA is a skill verification assessment designed to provide ASL/English interpreters in Wisconsin with an indication of proficiency in both receptive and expressive interpreting and transliterating skills. The WITA is not a certification, but rather a means of providing candidates with a synopsis of their overall work while providing them with feedback in which to aid in attaining national certification through the Registry of Interpreters for the Deaf (RID).

Assessment schedule

Prior to participating in the WITA Assessment candidates must have taken and passed the RID/NAD NIC Knowledge written test. Proof of having completed this requirement must be submitted at time of application.

Dates Application Deadline Anticipated Results Received
February 20–22, 2019, and February 25–26, 2019 February 6, 2019 May 2019
October 8, 2018–October 12, 2018 September 17, 2018 January 2019

Assessment fees and scholarship information

The WITA Assessment fee is $225. This must be submitted at the time of application receipt in the form of a cashier's check or money order made payable to the Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Up to five scholarships are available each year to interested candidates who are residents of Wisconsin. Individuals wishing to apply for a scholarship must submit a letter of interest and intent to:

Office for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Attn: WITA Scholarship
1 West Wilson St.
PO Box 2659
Madison, WI 53701-2659

Application-related information

Last Revised: May 7, 2020